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My Bio
From my website (because I'm feeling too lazy to write something new): Born in 1977 (after his overdue mother went to see the circus) and raised in Raynham, MA, Toby Gray is a stay-at-home father of 3 boys, a husband, an artist, a practitioner of Shotokan Karate (since 1995), an exercise geek, a Ninja Warrior, an Eagle Scout, a lover of hiking and camping and kayaking, a snowboarder, a wood-working enthusiast, a comic book fan, an introvert, at one time a pure-bred cat breeder, and a dreamer. He has been wearing shorts year-round (in MA and NH, not some Nancy warm locale) since 1991 (with a handful of exceptions, like brief job requirements and snowboarding) all because of a bet gone awry. He also really likes monkeys and squids.

You can help support Toby and his brain by visiting his Etsy store, www.etsy.com/shop/PlungerMonke… and decorating your torso with the stuff from his brain!

Favourite Visual Artist
Aaron Blaise, Miyazaki, Terryl Whitlatch, Dave Dorman, Ryan Lang, Bill Watterson
Favourite Movies
Star Wars (all of them), Enter the Dragon, Drunken Master
Favourite TV Shows
Avatar the Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Sasuke, American Ninja Warrior, Robotech
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Metallica, Megadeth, Glory Hammer, Judas Priest, Tyr, Dio, Pantera, Dream Evil
Favourite Books
The Lord of the Rings, Nausicaa and the Valley of Wind, Akira, The Hyperion and Endymion books, the Thomas Covenant series
Favourite Writers
Tolkien, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Dan Simmons, Stephen Donaldson
Favourite Games
Dynasty Warriors franchise, Diablo II, Diablo III, almost anything Star Wars, Disney Infinite
Favourite Gaming Platform
PS4
Tools of the Trade
pencil, pen/ink, acrylic, wood, clay, Photoshop
Other Interests
martial arts, exercise, hiking, kayaking, snowboarding, camping, Ninja Warrior-ing
So, I don't post much here in general, but particularly I don't post status updates without any art (my last status was in 2016...). I tend to think of this place as a place for "finished" art, not so much work in progress. I'm starting to wonder if I should change that view and post things I'm working on that aren't "done" yet. Any thoughts from the handful of you out there that actually view and like my work? I do post in-progress stuff elsewhere, like my Face Book page and Instagram. Lately, I've been busy sewing. It's a side hobby of mine that sometimes takes up too much brain space and I need to create something so I can focus on other projects and sleep at night. I like making bags to carry all my "stuff" as well as wool coats and capes and things, all are unique, one of a kind designs to suit my needs. I recently finished a "utility belt" which turned out better than I expected. Not perfect, but it's a solid prototype that I will use for a while. I'm currently in the process of
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It's been a while since I've posted something. There's been too much "life" getting in the way of art lately. I'm hoping I'm back on track this week, it would be nice to have some consistency and to develop an actual following for my art...
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I'm @tobys-brain, and I'm a #NewDeviant. Here's my #introduction: I'm an artist at the tale end of my 30s, finally trying to get myself "out there" and pursue my dreams, all while being a stay-at-home dad. I put my art ambitions on the back burner fo...
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I really like it when someone has an individual style. You definitely have it! The motifs are not quite my taste but that does not change for me your special style.I keep you times in the eye, I'm curious what you might still conjure out of the hat. :D

I appreciate that! It is very difficult to stand out in the art world for any reason. I think all artists on some level seek to be unique, to have their work be identifiable as their own even if their name isn't on it. I admit to desiring that, but I also haven't really done anything to specifically achieve that, it's just what comes out of me, it's what my brain came up with after mashing together all the different artists and styles that have influenced me over the course of my life. It's really nice to hear that it's becoming unique.

Wow your art style is astounding, Sir!

Love the comics.

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it when people enjoy my work and take the time to let me know. Making and posting art can often times feel like shouting into a void, never knowing if anyone can even hear you.